Fifty-year-old comedy legend Eddie Murphy is clearly aiming to resuscitate his career. He’ll return to classic street-smart fast-talking comedy in the upcoming Tower Heist, has agreed to host the 2012 Oscars ceremony – and has even given thought to performing more stand-up comedy… something he hasn’t done since the late 1980s.
It also appears that Murphy plans to dust off and reprise his Axel Foley persona from the Beverly Hills Cop movies. However, he apparently won’t be doing that in the longtime rumored Beverly Hills Cop 4.
Here’s what Murphy had to say about Beverly Hills Cop IV, in his own words:
“They’re not doing it… None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force the premise. If you have to force something, you shouldn’t be doing it. It was always a rehash of the old thing. It was always wrong.”
However, it seems that a Beverly Hills Cop TV series spinoff is now on the menu. Murphy says that he is up to produce the show, which would revolve around a new generation of anti-authoritative police officer: namely, Foley’s son. Murphy would still play the elder Foley, who has become Detroit’s chief of police.
Whether the Beverly Hills Cop show could be an edgier cable TV comedy-action series that’s more in the vein of the original BHC trilogy – or be a more audience-friendly show on a regular television channel – is a question that remains unanswered for now.
The “new generation” plot setup that Murphy is talking about for the Beverly Hills Cop franchise has not yet proven itself to be a successful approach for films. Case in point: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull failed to convince moviegoers that having anyone but Harrison Ford’s famous archaeologist in the lead was a good idea. That’s not to mention the trepidation surrounding the perennially-delayed Ghostbusters 3, which likewise is said to feature a “passing the torch” storyline.
Television shows, by comparison, have somewhat of a mixed track record with that approach. While there have been several different popular incarnations of Star Trek on TV, relatively recent short-lived spinoff shows like Joey or Scrubs: Interns have demonstrated that removing a key ingredient (namely, the ensemble cast) can break a franchise. Seeing how Beverly Hills Cop is pretty much defined by Murphy’s performance as Foley, it’s hard to not suspect that a “new generation” BHC would probably fail.
Nonetheless, we will keep you posted on the status of the Beverly Hills Cop TV show are more information is released (or, rather, as Murphy talks about it more).
Source: Rolling Stone